Happy Spring 2018 semester! We here at the MSU Denver Writing Center hope everyone had an amazing or at least relaxing break. This Spring we will be introducing something new to the Writing Center called Blind Date With a Book.
I am an avid Instagram user (the Writing Center has an Instagram this semester too! Check us out @msudenverwritingcenter) and follow tons of other bibliophiles like me. One person posted about finding a bookstore that did a Blind Date with a Book and swooned. Who doesn’t have that one book on their shelf they haven’t read because of the cover? Who hasn’t gone to a bookstore and made a purchased based on the cover? Who doesn’t Instagram book covers to show them off because some of them are so painstakingly beautiful? Just me? Well, I thought it was a beautiful idea and did some research on the bookstore in question.
Elizabeth’s Bookshop located in the UK has a facebook and Instagram (their tag is @blinddatewithabook), which I recommend anyone to follow. Their reason for the idea? That Blind Date with a Book is a mystery book, wrapped in brown paper, tagged with clues, and opens the world of reading. It’s new, exciting, and just a little bit scary. It’s to encourage to try something new, even if it’s small. To do something that scares you, even if it’s just reading a book you wouldn’t of before.
The Writing Center is going to get this idea a shot, and hope that everyone tries out their blind date. The King Center will have three shelves with wrapped books that only have a few words on them as clues. This is open to everyone, so teachers, or faculty, or students, or maybe that random person who so happens upon this post, EVERYONE is able to try our Blind Date with a Book.
Note: If you happen to pick a book that you have read (and don’t want to reread), or own then please feel free to give it back to a member of the Writing Center staff and pick another one!
Note: Books can be new or gently used but all are given and shelved with care.
P.s. Sorry for all the quotes, but I found I couldn’t pick just one.
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
― John Green
“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
― Lemony Snicket
“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
― Cassandra Clare